With almost a decade of teaching experience in middle and high school classrooms, I've spent a fair amount of time trying to improve my classroom management techniques. But one thing I know for sure is that it IS a work in progress that doesn't happen overnight! One of the most important aspects of classroom management is … Continue reading Ding-Dong! My Classroom Management Game-Changer: A Wireless Doorbell
If you haven't heard... content-related task cards are "all the rage" in education right now, all the way from Kinder to Upper Secondary. I was skeptical of their function and effectiveness a few years ago (when I first stumbled upon a set on a respected teacher's blog), but since then, I've created, tested and improved … Continue reading Increase Rigor and Engagement: Top 2 Task Card Strategies for the Middle School Classroom
I'm not going to let my "summer brain" stop me from being highly-motivated this week! "New Teacher" orientation kicks off tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited! I was in Office Max this morning (having some MORE classroom decor printed and laminated) and I noticed they are currently having a huge sale on printing and … Continue reading Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!
When I walked into my classroom for the first time this year, the first thing I laid my eyes on were the FIVE mismatched (in color and in height) filing cabinets standing against the largest wall in the classroom. I instantly thought, "There is no way that I am going to be able to mask … Continue reading My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages
It's not my style to use this blog to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE my educational products... but I thought some of you might want to know about this....My best-selling "Back to School" Activity bundle is now 28% OFF the already-reduced price! Yes, you can now grab 4 extremely unique and engaging activities for LESS than 5 … Continue reading Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…
Good morning guys! Seeing that it's "summer vacation", I should be able to say I'm overly rested and itching to tackle my "to do" list - but.... I stayed up WAYYY past my bed time "crafting"! No, I wasn't decoupaging letters or creating another travel themed bunting - I was actually "digitally crafting"!Last year, I wrote the … Continue reading Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements
When I opened my TPT store back in March of 2014, I spent a decent amount of time reading through all of the threads within the Seller's Forum. Day after day I read posts from sellers "swearing" by Pinterest as a tool to increase sales! I just wasn't buying it. "What are the chances of someone … Continue reading Pinning is Winning: 1 Pinterest Strategy That Has BOOSTED My Exposure!
I just used an activity that I created this summer for the first time with a summer school intervention (reading strategies) class. I had such a great experience that it made me want to share it with other educators! The students were diggin' it and we're highly engaged the entire time. Discussion was meaningful and … Continue reading Flash FREEBIE: BACK TO SCHOOL Instagram “Task Card” Activity
Yes, it's that time again... "Back to School" is just around the corner! As a high school teacher, this has always been an exciting time for me! I love getting my classroom and teaching resources shined up and ready to welcome another class of students! With that being said, I've spent a lot of time … Continue reading All New Back to School Activities for Middle and High School Students